essentials of style
Yes, you can wear all white without looking like Mister Softee. Start by playing around with different tones and textures. (And maybe invest in a stain stick.)
Put it in neutral.
Nothing says warm weather like a seasonal shift to lighter colours. Of course, when you make the change, it’s hard to miss. Many guys settle for white jeans but baulk at lightening up head-to-toe, perhaps fearing negative comparisons to an obscure religious cult or some cricket-playing twit out of Merchant Ivory. (Ironically, if white clothes once signalled leisured old money, today’s ‘rules’ about when and where you can wear them—after Labour Day? Horrors!—are exclusively nouveau riche.)
The best way to avoid being mistaken for Colonel Sanders? Skip the suit and opt for a mixed collection of off-white separates. Off-white here means anything but blinding, optical white and runs from cream to a light sand, a range of shades that only really differ when set alongside one another. Some look vaguely grey, others more yellow or pink; some are blue or even green in hue. Add to that tonal variety an interplay of texture and you start to see how a monochromatic look can still have plenty of depth.
Best of all, these variations ensure that when worn together, your jeans, T-shirt, sweater or jacket will look like a happy accident: simpatico, but never perfectly matched. Summer should be easy, after all. So should your clothes.
Facing page, from left: jeans (SGD198*) by Michael Kors; sweater (SGD147*) by Sunspel; shirt (SGD234*) by Rowing Blazers; sweater by Michael Kors; jacket (SGD3,068*) by Ralph Lauren; T-shirt (SGD72*) by Jungmaven; jacket (SGD1,931*) by Larusmiani; jeans (SGD220*) and sweater (SGD1,730*) by Ralph Lauren; jacket (SGD1,002*) by LBM 1911; tie (SGD220*) by Boss; shirt (SGD461*) by Boglioli.
Try loosening up like Italian menswear powerhouse
Be lke Tom Wolfe: The late American author and pioneer of New Journalism always looked dapper in his
iconic white suit.
Timothée Chalamet knows that subtle shifts in shades (here, between tux jacket and shirt) make all